“A Walk to Remember” is a love story so sweet, sincere and positive that it sneaks past the defenses built up in this age of irony. It tells the story of a romance between two 18-year-olds that is summarized when the boy tells the girl’s doubtful father: “Jamie has faith in me. She makes me want to be different. Better.” After all of the vulgar crudities of the typical modern teenage movie, here is one that looks closely, pays attention, sees that not all teenagers are as cretinous as Hollywood portrays them.
The artist Mandy Moore, a characteristic delight in both face and way, stars as Jamie Sullivan, an untouchable at school who is snickered at in light of the fact that she stands separated, has values, and dependably wears the same ratty blue sweater. Her dad (Peter Coyote) is a neighborhood serve. Shane West plays Landon Carter, a senior kid who hangs with the prevalent group yet is shaken when an inept set out turns out badly and one of his companions is incapacitated in a plunging mischance. He dates a prevalent young lady and participates in the giggling against Jamie. At that point, as discipline for the trick, he is requested by the essential to join the show club: “You have to meet some new individuals.” Jamie’s in the club. He starts to see her recently. He approaches her to enable him to practice for a part in a play. She treats him with level genuineness. She isn’t one of those failures who lurks around feeling put upon; her confidence stands separated from the sentiment of her companions. She’s a brilliant, decent young lady, an update that one of the joys of the films is to meet great individuals.
The plot has disclosures that I won’t uncover. Enough to concentrate in transit Jamie’s peaceful case makes Landon into a more pleasant individual – urges him to wind up plainly more genuine and genuine, to win her where she approaches him while he’s with his old companions and says, “See you today around evening time,” and he says, “In your fantasies.” When he turns up at her home, she is harmed and irate, and his reasons sound weak even to him.
The motion picture strolls a barely recognizable difference with the Peter Coyote character, whose congregation Landon goes to. Motion pictures have a method for stereotyping reactionary Bible-thumpers who are antagonistic to adolescent sentiment. There is a tad bit of that here; Jamie is taboo to date, for instance, in spite of the fact that there’s more behind his choice than automatic strictness. However, when Landon goes to the Rev. Sullivan and requests that he have confidence in him, the clergyman tunes in with a receptive outlook.
Yes, the motion picture is silly now and again. However, silliness is good now and again. I excused the film its wide feeling since it earned it. It lays things on somewhat thick toward the end, yet by then it had paid its direction. Chief Adam Shankman and his essayist, Karen Janszen, working from the novel by Nicholas Sparks, have an unforced trust in the material that reclaims, even legitimizes the general terms. They turn out badly just three times: (1) The subplot including the incapacitated kid ought to have either been managed, or dropped; (2) It’s tedious to make the dark adolescent utilize “sibling” in each sentence, as though he is not their companion but rather was ported in from a different universe; (3) As Kuleshov demonstrated over 80 years prior in a well known trial, when a group of people sees an indifferent closeup, it supplies the fundamental feeling from the unique circumstance. It can be lethal for a performer to attempt to “act” in a closeup, and Landon’s little grin toward the end is a diversion at a critical minute.
Those are little imperfections in a touching motion picture. The exhibitions by Moore and West are so unobtrusively persuading we’re reminded that numerous young people in motion pictures assume like 30-year-old standup funnies. That Jamie and Landon construct their sentiment with respect to esteems and regard will catch unaware a few watchers of the film, particularly since the initial five or 10 minutes appear to be going down a well-known young motion picture trail. “A Walk to Remember” is a little fortune.